Thousands of Baby Trend Car Seats Recalled for Buckle DefectApril 16, 2014 — Baby Trend is recalling 16,000 of the “TrendZ FastBack” 3-in-1 car seats because defective buckles on the harness can get stuck, making it difficult or impossible to remove a child from the car seat in an emergency.

Fortunately, Baby Trend has received zero reports of injuries to children in connection with the defective buckles subject to recall.

According to a recall notification on the company’s website, the action is part of a larger recall initiated by Graco and Evenflo last month that involves over 6 million car seats:

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined, through its own investigation, that certain AmSafe Signature, QT harness buckles on some Graco car seats, when engaged, may not easily unlatch. Based on the NHTSA investigation and because we stand by our number one priority of safety, Baby Trend is voluntarily recalling similar buckles used on the TrendZ Fastback 3-in-1 car seat.”

Baby Trend is recalling the following car seats:

  • TrendZ FastBack 3-in-1 Car Seat: Models FB60070 & FB60408, manufactured between October 2011 and July 2013.

The problem is that the harness crotch buckle can become progressively stickier and harder to open due to exposure to food, drinks, and other contaminants that are present in everyday use of the car seat. If an adult cannot remove the child in an emergency (vehicle fire, car accident, submersion in water, medical emergency, etc.), a stuck buckle increases the risk of injury and death.

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